Which Diet Is Right For Me?

With so many diets out there to choose from (Paleo, Vegan, No Carb, High Fat, The Grapefruit diet, The Skinny Bitch Diet, Mediterranean…..etc etc) people often as us which diet would be best for them.  Their is no real short answer for that question because their is no one size fits all diet.

We tend to not tell people to prescribe to any ONE particular diet. Instead, the simplest solution is to make healthier choices, reduce your portion sizes, eat small meals frequently and make sure you get enough protein and fiber.  Probably not the answer you were looking for but it’s the truth.

The problem with many of these main stream ‘diets’ is that they don’t work great long term.  Even Paleo, and we’ll explain why.

The Problem With Paleo

We absolutely love the Paleo diet since it stresses the elimination of processed foods, a leading cause for chronic illness in our country.  We also like the emphasis on choosing fresh, organic foods.  The Paleo diet allows you to eat more fat than an average diet since it eliminates carbohydrates and legumes.  The idea is that your body will use the fat for energy instead of the carbs.  While this is true, we find that most people who do the Paleo diet long term do not succeed in losing weight.  Key word here, *most. Not all people.  There are plenty of athletes who do phenomenally well with the Paleo diet and are in excellent shape. BUT- most people end up having a hard time completely eliminating carbs.  What happens then is that they increase their fat intake and don’t completely eliminate the carbohydrates, making it difficult for them to lose weight.

We love the Paleo diet as a 14 or 21 day cleanse. It eliminated toxins in the body, hormones and sodium which can result in weight loss and a significant decrease in bloating.  At Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, we offer a great 14-day Paleo Cleanse for anyone interesting in jumpstarting their weight loss and cleaning out their body.

Going Vegan?

Going vegan has become a huge trend in Hollywood with celebrities like Samuel Jackson, Beyonce, Jay Z and now even Jennifer Lopez announcing their adoption (or temporary adoption) of the vegan diet. Vegan food is not only delicious but it’s incredibly nutritious.  Plus it gives our bodies plenty of plant based nutrients which we all need more of. If you are going to go vegan, you most likely will not get enough protein to keep your body fit and lean.  Listen carefully to what we are saying – it IS possible to get plenty of protein on a vegan diet. There are hundreds of bodybuilders and professional athletes who are vegan and get more than enough protein.  The problem with most people though is that they won’t take the time needed to ensure their vegan diet contains enough protein to help them lose weight, stay fit and healthy.  Many vegans I know are struggling with their weight because they simply replace meat or other animal products with simple carbohydrates.  That is not a healthy eating plan.  You have to research, find the best sources of vegan protein, and make sure they are incorporated into your every day diet.


This is perhaps one of our favorite diets because it emphasizes modest amounts of all things good; meat, fish, poultry, nuts, healthy oils, grains, vegetables, fruits and even cheese.  The best of all worlds.  Things can go wrong however, if you indulge in too many of the good fats.    You know the saying, ‘you can never have too much of a good thing’? Well- that’s not so true.  While nuts and certain oils contain good, heart healthy fats, they are very high in calories and if you don’t balance them into your diet carefully along with reduced complex carbohydrates, you could end up packing on the pounds instead of taking them off.


If you want to lose weight, unfortunately there is no magic pill in a bottle.  Eating healthy, fresh foods and increasing your protein intake (whether it be meat or vegan forms of protein) is the best way to shed pounds and keep them off. We typically recommend people do three things when they come to use to lose weight:

1. Increase protein intake

2. Increase water intake

3. Increase meal frequency


If you would like help losing weight and getting on a new eating plan that you can make a part of your lifestyle, take a look at our customized weight loss programs.


Health Benefits of Eating Eggs

Anyone on our 28 day Fat Buster weight loss program knows that we believe eggs are an excellent choice as part of your breakfast.  They provide protein and essential vitamins as well.  But you may not know that eggs offer your body many other health benefits, including reducing your cravings for snacks, reducing the risk of cancer, reducing risk for heart disease and much more.

To read the full article that outlines 5 Smart Reasons to Eat Eggs – click here.

Click here for more information on our 28 day weight loss program.

Cross Training in Monmouth County NJ

Ultimate Fit Zone in Ocean, NJ is a true cross training facility featuring 25 yards of real turf, two rigs from Rogue Fitness, more than a dozen medicine balls from Dynamax, a giant selection of kettle bells ranging from 18 pounds to 70 pounds, barbells for men and women, an enormous stack of plates, boxes, giant tires, a full dumbbell rack, ropes, sledge hammers, rowers, jump ropes, squat and press stands, and plenty, plenty more..

The cornerstone of Ultimate Fit Zone is our original Zone 360 boot camp workout, a unique, Cross Training boot camp system.

Our group training sessions are offered in varying levels of difficulty to accommodate all fitness levels. It’s never too late or too early to get in the Zone! For our smallest fit zone members, we have a kids fitness boot camp program that teaches agility, speed, coordination, confidence and leadership skills!

Kids Fitness at UFZ in Monmouth County

kids-fitness-programs-monmouth-countyOur Kids Fitness program at UFZ in Monmouth County is so much fun! The kids are having a blast running through the obstacle courses, racing each other and just getting their energy out!  Our bright atmosphere is the perfect environment for energetic kids who want to be fit and have fun doing it.

Our kids fitness program goes a step beyond fitness and burning calories though.  We  help kids build confidence, coordination, balance and agility skills.  Such a vital part of growing up healthy, happy and confident!

Kids are taught by a range of different fitness professionals from our UFZ family who are all enthusiastic and energetic.  This Kids Fitness program is structured for kids ages 6-12, however, if your child does not fall within that age range, please contact us as we may have another program that is a fit for them.

Kids Training times are as follows:

Wednesdays @ 4:15-5pm and Sundays @ 11:30-12:15pm

Kids Fitness Trainers

Chris Marzarella is a former special needs teacher for children and has been a personal trainer for over 10 years.

Eddie Albert is the owner of UFZ and Ultimate Fitness (our sister facility in the same plaza). He has been personal training for over 25 years and has worked a lot with developing, young athletes.

Enzo Franze is a speed & agility specialist in the Monmouth County area and works extensively with young kids who are budding athletes.

For more information about enrolling your child in our program, please visit our Kids Fitness page on our website or fill out the form to the right.  You can also caller text 732-428-2111.

Plyoga is here!

We are thrilled to introduce Plyoga at Ultimate Fit Zone!  Plyoga combines the explosive movements of plyometrics with the lengthening and strengthening poses of Yoga.  Don’t be mistaken though when you here the word ‘yoga’, there won’t be any time to take deep slow breaths, meditate or say your ‘Ohms’.  This fast paced class will have you dripping sweat, panting for air and completely addicted to the adrenaline rush!

The one and only Bonnie Cioppa, our famed HIIT instructor, takes this class to the next level with her intense energy, her passion for fitness and her all around fun attitude.  You will love this class and you will love working with Bonnie to reach your health and wellness goals.  Come try Plyoga free! Fill out the form below or give us a call at 732-428-2111.

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Plyoga is Coming!

We are so excited to announce that we will be offering Plyoga fitness at Ultimate Fit Zone in Ocean NJ! Ployga is the perfect marriage of plyometrics and yoga– creating one exercise program with soaring health benefits!

Like all of our programs, Plyoga will be scalable for all fitness levels. Yes, even if you’ve never done yoga or plyometrics before, we encourage you to try Plyoga.  This exercise program will increase your strength, speed, power, cardiovascular health while lengthening and strengthening your muscles and improving your flexibility as well.  Make Plyoga a part of your regular cross training here at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County.  Become more in tune with your mind and body!  Check out Plyoga in action.

Pistol Squats

crossfit-monmouth-countyBillie is performing the pistol squat -one of the hardest exercises to perform! It’s a one legged squat that demands activation of your core and strength from just about every muscle in your lower body including your glutes, hamstrings and calves. Mastering and perfecting this move will give you GREAT legs and a nice butt too!

To perform the move:

Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body and raise your right leg off the floor. Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.

Billie is holding on to suspension straps here. That’s a great way to start practicing the move until you master it. This is a really hard move but the results are well worth the effort.


Speed And Agility Fun!

When it’s too hot to practice sports training outside, the littlest Jersey Shore athletes come to Ultimate Fit Zone for some indoor fun and skill training.  Our Monmouth County speed & agility program is tailored to your group of athletes and customizable to all ages and fitness level.  Our 3,000 square foot facility lined with real turf creates a fun and challenging environment to hone their athletic skills.

This is a great program to supplement ANY sport. The Speed and Agility training at UFZ in Ocean Twp (Monmouth County) can be conducted as an individual session or in groups. Speed & Agility Training Starts at $15 per athlete in groups of 3 or more.



Mastering the Dead Lift!

This week we had quite a few milestones at Ultimate Fit Zone.  Maria mastered the dead lift with a little bit of help from Coach Melissa, and Melissa herself pulled off a 1 rep max dead lift of 195 lbs!

The dead lift is an excellent exercise for women, when done properly, to work the glutes, hams and quads.  The movement is so comprehensive though that it also targets other muscles including your back, abs, obliques, forearms, calves and more. Many women shy away from the dead lift, and rightfully so.  Without the proper training and coaching for form, the dead lift can result in serious injury.  But when done correctly, this is one of our favorite moves at UFZ for sculpting the glutes and legs.

To join our training team, call Coach Melissa for more information.  We have a variety of group training for ALL ages and fitness levels.

Check out Melissa’s 195 lb dead lift video!!

Maria Masters The Dead Lift!

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Agility Training for Kids in Monmouth County

School is almost out but our agility training for kids in Monmouth County runs all summer long.  Our speed and agility program can be tailored to any sport, and it’s also great for non-atheletes as well!  The program helps promote athleticism in children which increases confidence and physical fitness. Agility training may also increase your child’s desire to participate in sports, if he or she does not already.    Your child does NOT have to be an athlete to participate!

Our program consists of 8 classes each month broken down into 2 x 45 minute speed and agility training sessions per week.

Below are the prices for the agility training:

Individual – $125 a month {$15.63 per training session!}

Group of 3 or more – $99 a month per athlete {$12.37 per training session!}

For more information, please give us a call at 908-338-1175 and speak to Melissa.  Drop by Ultimate Fit Zone and check out the facility.  We can also demonstrate to you some of the speed and agility exercises we do as part of the program.



King of All Lifts – The Deadlift

The CrossTrain crew at UFZ perfects the deadlift exercise in between a series of sprints

The CrossTrain crew at UFZ perfects the deadlift exercise in between a series of sprints

The deadlift is commonly called the King of All Lifts and that’s because it works an unprecedented amount of muscle groups in your upper and lower body and those in between.  Unfortunately, not many people incorporate this highly beneficial movement into their workout routine.  Most have either never been taught how to perform a deadlift, or they have performed it wrong in the past which resulted in injury.

The deadlift is an important move to master, not only for the sake of building muscle mass, but also for every day function as well.  If you’ve ever tried lifting something heavy off of the ground and hurt your back before, you’ll know how important it is to to strengthen the muscles in your arms, legs, abs and back.  Not only can the deadlift be an impressive tool in your fitness routine, it can also help prepare you for heavy lifting in every day life.

The deadlift works a variety of muscle groups from head to toe including:

  • Spine
  • Forearm
  • Gluteus Maximus (Butt)
  • Quadriceps
  • Calves
  • Hamstrings
  • Trap muscles (middle and upper)
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Abs
  • Obliques

Many people feel that the deadlift is a dangerous move that can result in injury.  Truth be told, we feel more injuries could be avoided if people would add the deadlift into their fitness routine.  Using excessive weight and improper form during this exercise can certainly result in injury, same as any other exercise.  That’s why at Ultimate Fit Zone we keep our group training sessions small, so we can give individual attention to everyone.  Mastering the deadlift will not only help you gain strength in your upper and lower body as well as muscle, it will also help you perform every day activities with greater ease.

For more information about group training and boot camp training at Ultimate Fit Zone in Ocean NJ, call 908-338-1175.

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